York County man convicted of raping unconscious woman

From CDT staff reportsJanuary 14, 2014 

A York County man was convicted Monday of raping an unconscious woman in a State College hotel last April.

Christopher Ryerse, 21, of Dillsburg, admitted on the stand Monday that he was the only one who had been in bed with the woman and that he lied when he told police that he had left the hotel, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said Tuesday.

Parks Miller said Ryerse’s DNA was found in the woman’s underwear.

In addition to a rape count, Ryerse was convicted of sexual assault and indecent sexual assault of an unconscious person. The jury acquitted him of one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

State College police had said Ryerse met the woman when he came here to help train employees at the restaurant chain where he worked. The woman told police she had little interaction with Ryerse after the restaurant employees went out for drinks after the training the night of April 10.

Police said she became sick, and Ryerse moved her from the bathroom, where she fell asleep, to a bed in his hotel room. Police said he proceeded to rape her.

Ryerse’s defense lawyer, Tami Fees, said her client testified that he believed he had consensual sex with the woman because she got into bed with him. She also said the woman testified that when she woke up the following morning, she got dressed and got back into bed with Ryerse.

Fees said she plans to appeal his conviction.

Judge Jonathan Grine revoked Ryerse’s bail as he awaits sentencing March 28.

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